Thursday, March 10, 2016

From Freezing to Heatwave: One Week, Four Makeup Looks

I've been going through my drawers, pulling out samples and items that need to be used up. That's the only thing these four looks from the last week have in common. We've gone from freezing temperatures to a freaky heatwave in less than a week. I'm kind of in a more glowy mood, but these last couple of days the main influence on my makeup has been allergies. Doing eyeliner when I can barely see has been interesting.

Here's the list for the photo above:

Studio 10 Youth Lift Glow-Plexion as a primer. This one will require a dedicated review, but so far I'm not loving it. I'm all for glow and lift, but used alone, this thing gives me the Tin Man finish.
Chanel Vitalumier Aqua in 30 Beuge. I forgot how much I dislike this formula. Now I remember.
Cle de Peau concealer.

Youngblood Primer. My new love.
Chanel Eclat Lumiere in 35 Medium under the eyes. I could probably go down to 25 Light Medium,
Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks in Amethyst and Plum. These are staples, and I've gone through several sticks of Amethyst.
Kiko Infinity eye Shadow in 241
LMdB Precision liquid liner in Acqua (discontinued. I had a stash of them at some point. We can all move now to Stila Indigo, though I do think that LMdB was more precise)
NARS Larger Than Life pencil in Khao San Road on the waterline. It doesn't move.
Bobbi Brown mascara sample. Meh.

Paula Dorf cream blush in Doll Face. Sigh. I miss the old Paula Dorf line, from when Paula was still the owner and the quality was top notch.
Clinique Chubby Highlighter. I wish it were a little less pink, but it is nice and easy to blend.

Neutrogena Color Stick in Berry Brown.

Other Stuff
Vintage earrings
L'artisan Fou d'Absinthe

The next day I somewhat overdid the shimmer, probably to compensate for the lackluster foundation. It was fun. By the way, I never include it in the makeup breakdown, but unless it's an evening look I always always always start with an SPF. I use Hada Labo Cream Gel SPF 50.

Smashbox oil primer.
Lancome Teint Idole  Ultra 24H in  320 Bisque. The color was way too yellow, but I fixed it with the powder. I'm guessing that this foundation really didn't like the oil primer, because by the time I got home that evening it was disintegrating into small patches. It was a luxe size sample, so I can test it several more times, but I don't know if I want to deal with adjusting the color.
Concealer was an identified Lorac sample. It did the job.
Smashbox Halo Hydrating Powder in Fair. It's a spectacular powder for dry skin. Mine is a press sample in a color I can only use to fix things with foundations that are too yellow. At some point I might buy the Light/Neutral shade, which is my true match.

Youngblood primer. I should just review it already.
Buxom eye shadows: Jetsetter in the crease, Mink Magnet and Patent Leather blended together on the lid, Haute Couture in the outer V.
Youngblood eyeliner pen in Noir.
MAC Teddy on  the waterline.
Buxom Lash mascara. On my nth tube, I still love it as much as I did my first.

Clarins blush 05 Rosewood.
Clinique Chubby Highlighter. I should use a lighter hand.

Essence lip liner 06 Satin Mauve
Tatcha Sunrise Plum Blossom lipstick.

Other Stuff
Vintage scarf (Pierre Cardin).
SotD: Jo Malone Dark Amber & Ginger Lily (sample. I'm still unconvinced).

This was a very minimal look for an evening in. I didn't care much about longevity or light-reflection, just evening things out, lightly defining, and smelling good.

YSL Touche Eclat foundation (new formula) in B50 Honey, mixed with a drop of Aftelier jasmine face elixir. I often do that when not testing a new-to-me foundation, and I find that my skin is happiest with a drop of this fantastic oil.
Cle de Peau concealer (Almond). It's my go-to most days.

Studio 10 Visible Lift I-Definer palette. I used the primer all over the lid, and then the Naturalize and Contour colors to create some shape.
Youngblood Marron eyeliner pen.
Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara.

Kiko Mosaic Blush 08 Hypnotic Mauve. Any plummy mauve color will do, but I love this one very much.

Lipstick Queen Jean Queen. Another day, another nude lip.

Other Stuff
A vintage necklace I bought at Brimfield a few years ago.
Serge Lutens Vitriol d'Oeillet

This is from yesterday. I can't believe that I managed to take even one barely-decent photo, since I had the worst allergy day I can remember in a very long time, and the dry hot weather was not contributing. I also made a poor choice in face products, added a shockingly unpleasant SPF 50 spray (CeraVe, after taking the photo, thankfully) and could not wait to wash it all off by the time I got home.

Studio 10 Youth Lift Glow-Plexion as a primer. I had to powder within an inch of my life to counteract the shine.
Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer in Natural Radiance. The last thing I needed was another illuminating product on my face. And to add insult to injury, it oxidized on my face to a very unattractive metallic shade. Maybe the primer is to blame, but I went from Tin Man to Brass Man.
MAC Studio Finish concealer in NC30 on a couple of fading blemishes.
Bésame Cosmetics Brightening Face Powder in Vanilla. There was not enough powder in the world to fix the situation, but it gave a good fight.

Youngblood Primer
From Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 palette: Skimp on the lid, Frisk in the crease, and Primal to blend the eyeliner a little more.
The last breathe of NARS Stylo eyeliner in Atlantic. It served me well.
Clinique High Impact mascara.

Lorac Soul blush. Long discontinued, and much loved. It was part of the Croc palette (remember that?), and I loved it enough to get a couple of singles as backups. I have to say that I liked Lorac as a brand much better before they overhauled it completely and became a major YouTube sponsor. If you're looking for a blush with a similar effect, LMdB Echo is still around.

Rouge Bunny Rouge - Long-lasting Lip Pencil - Marco (067)
Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo 214& 216 mixed together and applied with a brush.

I went with vintage Shalimar eau de cologne. It had a hard time competing with the CoLab dry shampoo I used, which is a topic for its own post.


  1. Oh, I love L'artisan Fou d'Absinthe. I need to use it again's kind of wild. The NARS Larger Than Life pencil in Khao San Road looks fab on your waterline in photograph #1. I have lots of trouble getting anything to stay on my waterline because my eyes water all the time. Maybe "Khao" will work. I've been contemplating the Tatcha Plum Blossom Lipstick since you showed it before, and can't decide. Looks perfect on you, but might be just a tad too light for me. Anyway, thanks for FOUR great looks. The weather here in S.C. has been strange lately also. Beautiful, but strange. Hope your allergies improve SOON. Take care, Judy

  2. I adore your green necklace; you look divine with it. Khao San Road looks great on your waterline! I am not daring at all with my makeup but today I'm wearing blue on my eyes, one way or another.
    Happy weekend!

  3. Agreeing with wefadetogray - that necklace is stunning.
    And Youngblood primer and CoLab dry shampoo reviews - yes, please?
    Hope your allergies are better!


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